'Dal' or 'Paruppu/parippu' is an integral part of an Indian meal. Every State has it's own unique recipe /recipes for making dal. And every household has it's own version of making this dish. More over, there are so many varieties of dal that are used in every day cooking. In the traditional Parippu Curry, split green gram is used. But again, it varies from one family to another. Some do not add onions and garlic to the dal and like to keep it basic by just adding fresh grated coconut paste and temper with coconut oil, red chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
You can adjust the spice according to your family taste palates. This parippu curry is also a part of the Onam Sadya that is prepared on the auspicious occasion of Onam.
Parippu Curry | Kerala Style Dal Fry :
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4-6
1 cup =250 ml
1 cup pigeon peas /tuvar dal/arhar dal ( washed ,boiled and mashed)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
For the spice paste( to be ground) :
1/2 cup fresh coconut ( grated or finely chopped)
2 shallots /sambar onions
2 garlic pods
1 green chilli ( optional)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
For tempering :
1 teaspoon coconut oil
3-4 dry red chillies ( roughly torn)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
For garnish :
roasted coconut flakes ( optional)
1. Transfer the boiled and mashed dal ( add turmeric powder while boiling the dal) or parippu to a kadai/pan/wok and heat it over low flame.
2. Add the ground coconut spice paste , salt to the dal mixture and add 1/4 cup of water.
3. Close and allow the dal to simmer for 3-4 minutes only and switch off.
4. Heat a small pan or iron ladle with coconut oil and temper with the ingredients given for tempering.
|dal, coconut paste and tempering = parippu curry|
5. Pour it over the dal.
Alternate method :
1. Heat a pan/wok with oil and temper with ingredients given.
2. Add the cooked and mashed dal , salt and the spice paste .
3. Mix well, adjust water and cook covered for 5 minutes and switch off.
The Parippu curry tastes great either ways.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Onam Festival.
Happy Cooking !